Completed: July 7, 2020
Dimensions: 19.75″ x 29″
Edition Size: 150 Prints
Paper: MOAB Entrada Natural 300 GS (Archival 100% Cotton-Rag Paper)
Media: Giclee Fine Art Print


Swanson began painting The Storm after the Covid-19 pandemic began. He was inspired by a passage in Pope Francis’ Urbi Et Orbi, referencing the Gospel of Mark. The Pope’s words address the sickness, sorrow, and danger of the disease, and they reaffirm our need to help each other:

“We were caught off guard by an unexpected, turbulent storm. We have realized that we are on the same boat, all of us fragile and disoriented, but at the same time important and needed, all of us called to row together, each of us in need of comforting the other. On this boat are all of us. Just like those disciples, who spoke anxiously with one voice, saying ‘We are perishing,’ so we too have realized that we cannot go on thinking of ourselves, but only together can we do this.”

On the remaining prints, Swanson’s signature has been printed in the lower right margin of the paper and the prints are individually numbered by the Studio, to complete the planned edition.


The Storm – History of the Image
The Storm began with several small watercolor sketches, conveying the rowers’ struggle against a raging storm. Swanson chose one 9″ x 11″ watercolor sketch, initially titled, We are All Rowers on the Ship. Continuing to paint, experimenting with new ideas on the sketches, Swanson began to work on a larger, 15.25″ x 21″ painting, which became The Storm. The larger size allowed him to add many more details to the sky and figures, as well as a colorful border.

This painting was scanned on June 19th, to develop a giclee edition. Swanson continued to work on the painting, while proofing the giclee. With every proof printed, Swanson added more colors and new details to the artwork, completing THE STORM painting on July 6th. After eleven proofs, created over more than three months, Swanson approved the giclee edition on July 14th. The first five edition prints were inspected, signed, and numbered by the artist on July 27, 2020.



Sketches of:
Rowers on a Boat, and Boat Rowers


Rowers on a Boat

Boat Rowers




Sketches of:
Rowers on a Ship, and Stormy Seas


Rowers on a Ship


Stormy Seas




We are All Rowers on the Ship
Watercolor, and Giclee


We are All Rowers on the Ship


We are All Rowers on the Ship




The Storm
Mixed-Media Painting, and Giclee


The Storm


The Storm

Additional information

Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 36 × 7 × 7 in